By Dr. Janet Williams, MD, Ob/Gyn
Stress is something I'm constantly trying to manage. I admit I'm an ambitious person and I have to be cautious about biting off more than I can chew. While we all know that stress can wreak havoc on our lives, affecting our mood, energy levels, and even our libido, what many of us don't realize is that there are some simple and really beneficial things we can do to help manage stress and reclaim our bliss. Stretching, exercise, meditation, and hypnosis are just a few of the strategies that can help us unwind and feel more like ourselves again. So if you're feeling overwhelmed or uninterested in sex, give one of these stress-busting methods a try. You just might be surprised at how much better you feel - both physically and emotionally. Who knows, you may even find yourself wanting to get busy between the sheets again!
Regular stretching can help improve your flexibility, range of motion, and circulation.
Stretching regularly is a powerful way to boost your physical, mental, and emotional health. Incorporating yoga and pilates into your routine can improve your flexibility, range of motion, and circulation; yoga also helps with strengthening pelvis muscles which are known to be important for enhancing intimate function. With these benefits in mind, it's clear that taking time to stretch plays an important role in helping you manage stress and getting your mood in the right place for closeness.
Moderate exercise has been shown to reduce stress levels and improve intimacy.
Exercise is well known for its physical benefits, but did you know that it can also be a powerful tool in combating stress? Moderate exercise has been shown to effectively reduce stress levels, allowing individuals to cope better with the day-to-day pressures of life. In addition, research suggests that regular aerobic exercise can positively affect libido, leading to greater sexual satisfaction - making light workouts an essential part of any anti-stress routine. So get your move on and take ownership of your mental health.
Meditation can help you focus on the present moment and release negative thoughts and feelings.
Meditation can offer a simple yet powerful way to nurture better mental health through a mindful approach. Mindfulness meditation encourages individuals to focus on their thoughts, feelings and surroundings in the present moment. With regular practice, these reflective moments can help an individual gain control over their responses to difficult thoughts or feelings while letting go of them without judgement. This safe and calming practice offers nourishment for both mind and soul, ultimately aiding in reducing stress and its potential negative effects on mood, libido and overall well being.
Hypnosis can be used to relax the body and mind, focus intention and lead to improved sexual function.
Hypnosis has been widely used by many to stop bad habits, improve body image, and even work through sexual trauma. By allowing an individual to relax the body and focus the subconscious mind, it can be a helpful tool to manage stress and remove common intimacy blocks. With the assistance of a qualified practitioner, hypnosis can create an optimal environment for emotional healing, resulting in improved sexual function.
Stretching, exercise, meditation, and hypnosis are all great stress-busting strategies that can also improve your libido. So the next time you're feeling stressed out, take a few minutes to stretch, go for a walk or jog, meditate, or book a session with a hypnosis professional.
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